Josef Michl ACS Award in Photochemistry

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Industry, Chemistry Professional
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To recognize excellence in fundamental research in organic or inorganic photochemistry and/or photophysics.


The award will consist of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


A nominee will have accomplished outstanding creative experimental or theoretical research in fundamental photochemistry and/or photophysics of organic, inorganic, or biological molecules or solids. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities and educational background.


November 1 (presented biennially in even-numbered years)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


Josef Michl Award Endowment


The award was established in 2014 and is supported through the Josef Michl Award Endowment.

Past Recipients

  • 2022 - Vivian W.-W. Yam
  • 2020 - Michael R. Wasielewski
  • 2018 - Jack Saltiel
  • 2016 - Frederick D. Lewis

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC  20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4408
Fax: 202-776-8008

Vivian Wing-Wah Yam is presented with her award
2022 recipient Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, attending virtually, is presented her award by award sponsor, Josef Michl (right) and Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai,

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